ESPCI Paris is home to 9 research laboratories (all of them being endorsed and jointly sponsored by CNRS) operating at the frontiers of scientific knowledge and experimental know-how, extending from fundamental research to innovation, and covering areas ranging from polymers to telecommunications, from nanobiophysics to organic synthesis, from environmental science to biomedical imaging, from neurobiology to microfluidics, from soft matter to quantum physics, and from colloids to prototyping for industry.
ESPCI researchers publish more than one article per day in leading peer-reviewed international scientific journals. Their investigations into the inner workings of nature and matter are typically inspired by real-world situations of significance to industry, which in turn prompt them to revisit fundamental concepts and questions. History shows that such research policy enables them to pioneer unforeseen solutions to the current and future needs of industry.
This constant interchange between fundamental science and industrial applications fuels a remarkably effective entrepreneurship culture, where technological innovation is a genuine leverage for market success. ESPCI Paris scientists file for an average of one patent per week, and launch several start-ups each year to make commercial use of the discoveries and inventions arising from their research, even when performed at the most fundamental level.